House-Swapping Success Stories

Hard to imagine what your home could get you? Take a look at three swaps gone right.

By Brad Tuttle, Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010, 12:00 AM

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(Illustration by Chris Gash)


The House: A four-bedroom, 15 minutes north of Vancouver, with views of the Pacific and the city skyline
The Family: A Canadian family of four
Seeking Easy access to a beach, local markets, and someplace to ride elephants

The House: A three-bedroom near a remote beach in Bali, with a backyard pool, housekeeper, driver, and live-in nanny
The Family: An American-Canadian family of five
Seeking: A base for exploring Vancouver and western Canada


The House: A one-bedroom apartment in a downtown Chicago high-rise, with access to a roof deck and an indoor pool
The Family: An American couple
Seeking: Time in the Scottish countryside

The House: A three-bedroom outside rural Aberdeen, Scotland, within three hours of Glasgow and Edinburgh and four hours of the Isle of Skye
The Family: A Scottish couple
Seeking: A spot for touring the Windy City


The House: A two-bedroom bungalow in Santa Barbara, Calif., a short drive from several award-winning wineries and the beach
The Family: An American couple
Seeking: The chance to live like locals in the south of France

The House: A two-bedroom house in a small village on the French Riviera between Nice and Marseilles, five minutes on foot from the beach, shops, and caf├ęs
The Family: A French couple
Seeking: A central location to periodically regroup during a tour of California's coastline and wineries